Not all kitchen tool turners are created equal. There are different shapes for different uses – fish, lasagna, Asian, flexible, cookie, omelet – with holes, without holes, with slots, without slots, square, round, oblong..you get the idea. So if you are making pancakes, we suggest adding this OXO Pancake Turner to your kitchen tool collection. It has the perfect shape for "flipping" pancakes – a rounded head which glides easily beneath foods. This tool is also the perfect shape for "flipping" hamburgers, so why not treat yourself to two!
The OXO brand is a popular leader in the design of kitchen tools that are comfortable to use and easy to handle.
- Flexible, slotted nylon head
- 11-inches long
- Safe for nonstick cookware
- Heat resistant to 400°F
- Soft handle
- Dishwasher safe
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Carol’s Club – Red Star Yeast
Sometimes simple is better. Yes we love our digital instant read thermometer for its accuracy and speed. We use it for monitoring the temperature of meat and poultry. However, for baking we use this much simpler, traditional thermometer.
When baking bread, a thermometer is the most accurate way to determine correct temperatures. The Carol’s Club - Red Star Yeast instant read pocket thermometer, has an easy–to–read dial,displays temperatures from 0° to 220°F, and comes with a pocket case with clip. This thermometer is an essential tool for measuring liquid temperatures when using yeast for bread making. It can also be used to take the temperature of baked breads to ensure that they are finished. (More on this below)
Yeast temperatures for Instant Yeast and Red Star Platinum Yeast:
- In bread machine baking, liquids should be used at 80°F
- In traditional baking, Use liquid temperatures of 120°F-130°F.
Price: $5.00 plus $3.95 S/H
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There are actually several methods to determine when bread is done. A combination of all is fine – especially for the beginning baker.
- Visually: The more often you bake, the more you'll be able to gauge how a finished loaf of bread should look when it's nearing doneness. Usually, the crust should be dry, firm, and a deep golden brown. If the crust is pale, it likely needs a few more minutes
- Tap the Bottom: Take the loaf out of the oven and turn it upside down. Tap on the bottom of the loaf. The bread will sound hollow when done.
- Take the Internal Temperature: Insert a thermometer into center of the loaf. (Point the thermometer at an angle, or through the side or bottom, to minimize the visual hole) Most breads are finished baking when the temperature reaches about 190°- 200°. For challah, due to the addition of margarine, oil and eggs, many experts recommend a finished temperature of 195°- 200°.
The Tofu Press
What is a tofu press? It is our newest culinary discovery. The TofuXpress tofu press is designed to be the healthy cook's kitchen tool! It presses water effectively from a standard size brick of commercially made tofu to change the texture and add flavoring.
Tofu is a great source of vegetarian protein.
Many people today want to add tofu to their diet and enjoy its benefits - it's a great source of protein, low in fat, high in calcium, and more!
The TofuXpress also converts into a marinating dish to add flavor, and avoid more dishes to wash! Since tofu easily absorbs flavor, the TofuXpress is an excellent tool for marinating and infusing.
The TofuXpress can also used to press vegetables and other foods, such as sliced eggplant, thawed, chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes, chopped onions, cabbage, pepper and more.
Designed to convert into a marinating dish
Parts fit together for convenient storage
Made of FDA approved thermoplastic and stainless steel
No more plates, weights or paper towels
Made In America! The TofuXpress is entirely made and assembled in the U.S. - 1 year limited warranty
Most Rabbis consider unflavored, plain tofu kosher, even without certification on the label. When buying tofu, we prefer organic varieties.
Price: Approximately $40
To purchase, visit Amazon.com.
For more information, visit tofuexpress.com.
Check out the demo videos.
If you would also like to learn to make a vegetarian stir fry with pressed tofu, watch this.
We’re Bubbling over with Excitement, but our Soup is Not! Get this Gadget!
Who is Tom Tothill? He is a New Zealander and in 1997 he invented the SimmerMat—one of our favorite kitchen helpers ever! More than one million of these have been sold.
So what is it?
The SimmerMat is the ultimate heat diffuser for the range. Made of enameled steel, it works on all cooking surfaces and is ideal for slow cooking. No more scorched pots, no more burnt foods and no more soup bubbling over and making a huge mess. It works! We tested it and love it! We use it almost every day. It is a reliable flame diffuser for low and slow cooking on electric, gas or induction ranges… keeping the flame low to avoid scorching or burning foods. We agree with its fans, which include a lengthy list of chefs and foodies, such as the famed English TV chef and personality, Jamie Oliver.
Here’s how to use it:
Take control of your cooking! Simply place the SimmerMat on the range with the points of the cones facing up. Then place any type of pot or cooking vessel on top of it. The pot sits on the elevated points of the SimmerMat... the area of contact with the pot is so small that burned food and overflowing liquid are avoided. It is absolutely perfect for braising and simmering, melting chocolate or making oatmeal, rice, soups, stews and casseroles.
And the rest of the story:
The newest version of this cooking wonder features 7 rounded cones to distribute the heat evenly to a pot or pan, rather than the 12 cones of the original. We have had ours, which is the original, for over 5 years and truly have had no complaints. So, the new re-design is a bonus...an excellent kitchen tool getting even better. Just keep in mind that the SimmerMat is a simmering utensil and is not intended for high heat cooking. Remember to keep that flame low and slow!
For us, SimmerMat is a must; It is an indispensible time and money saving kitchen helper. It is dishwasher safe and has a lifetime guarantee. We think it is well worth the cost of about $15. Just do it! To purchase, go to Amazon.
For MORE INFORMATION information visit www.imcg.us.